”Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.” - 2 Timothy 2:7
“Praise be to you, Lord, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.”
(1 Chronicles 29:10-13)
I am a Calvinist!
I believe Calvinism is Christianity!
I believe the Systematic Theology known as Calvinism is pure, unadulterated scriptural truth.
When I got saved on 7th March, 1987, I knew nothing about Calvinism. I was raised Roman Catholic, so it would be true to say I was a rank Arminian, because that is what Roman Catholicism teaches - regardless of what they try to tell you.
In Christian theology, you are either an ARMINIAN, or you are a CALVINIST. You are either one, or you are the other.
ARMINIANISM is a deadly heresy, denounced by the Synod of Dortrecht in 1619.
CALVINISM is named after the French Reformer, John Calvin, and this Systematic Theology was affirmed by the Synod of Dortrecht in 1619.
It was GOD who settled the Doctrines of Grace, known by the acronym TULIP, in my heart. These are the words of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ on this:
♚ TOTAL INABILITY or TOTAL DEPRAVITY-- ”No man CAN come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.” John 6:4
♚ UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION-- ”YOU HAVE NOT CHOSEN ME, but I have chosen you.” John 15:16
♚ LIMITED ATONEMENT-- ” I am The Good Shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life FOR THE SHEEP.” John 10:11
♚ IRRESISTIBLE GRACE-- ”All that the Father gives SHALL COME TO ME.” John 6:37
♚ PRESERVATION OF THE SAINTS--”They will NEVER perish.” John 10:28
”Who shall bring any charge against Gods elect? It is God who justifies.” (Romans 8:33)
I hold to the five Solas of the Reformation. They are:
♚ SOLA Scriptura! - Scripture ALONE!
♚ SOLI Deo Gloria! - Glory to God ALONE!
♚ SOLUS Christus! - Christ ALONE!
♚ SOLA Gratia! - Grace ALONE!
♚ SOLA Fide! - Faith ALONE!
Salvation is of the Lord Alone:
”Salvation belongs to the LORD.” (Psalm 3:8)
”The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.” (Psalm 37:29)
”The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.” (Psalm 98:2)
”Salvation belongs to the LORD!” (Jonah 2:9)
The term ”gospel” (good news) in its broader sense, includes preaching the Law of God. This is fully encapsulated in the Calvinist’s soteriology, commonly referred to as the TULIP. God’s Law is ONLY to be found in the T of the Tulip, which stands for Total Depravity or Total Inability. This means that mankind, being DEAD in their trespass and sin CANNOT seek the true God of the Bible in any meaningful way whatsoever. He is utterly helpless, utterly steeped in sin and TOTALLY biased away from this God. This is the miserable estate of all men, born of woman.
About The Law of God.
Before we can preach the gospel of salvation to another person, that person must be made aware of the fact that they are a sinner, that their sin separates them from God, and the penalty for their sin is death and eternal punishment in the lake of fire.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: ”There is none good but one, that is, God.” - Mark 10:18b
The Apostle Paul wrote: ”There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.” - Romans 3:11-18
This speaks of the utterly depraved nature of man, which the Calvinist calls Total Depravity. The Bible goes further and says:
”And you hath he quickened, who were DEAD in trespasses and sins;” - Ephesians 2:1 & 5 and Colossians 2:13
The Bible warns: ”For the wages of sin is death;” - Romans 6:23a
It also says: ”Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” - Galatians 3:24
The Bible says that if we try to live by the law, hoping that by obeying all the commandments we will escape the judgment of hell, we will be judged by that same law and ALL will be condemned. There is no escaping this penalty by attempting to obey God’s law. This is the miserable estate of ALL men who have been born of woman. So, how then are we set free from the curse of God’s law?
Well, the Bible has warnings and it has promises - this is also known as Law and Gospel. Calvinists call this the Law/Gospel distinction. The Law is ALWAYS written in the IMPERATIVE and it usually terrifies a sinner. The law is a command we must obey...we must obey it perfectly...i.e., ”Thou shalt not bear false witness against they neighbour.” This is the 9th Commandment and can be found in Exodus 20:16 and Deuteronomy 5:20.
”Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” - Romans 2:4
Yes, while it is true to say that God’s law condemns and terrifies the sinner, it is also true to say that it is by the kindness of this God, through His law that we are made aware of our miserable estate, and it is by this law that we are brought to Christ and to repentance. Remember, the Bible says:
”Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” - Galatians 3:24
The saving GOSPEL, on the other hand, is ALWAYS written in the INDICATIVE and it comforts the terrified sinner. This means that gospel is everything God has done FOR YOU, usually through the person and the works of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is THE ONLY SAVIOUR. The Bible says concerning Jesus Christ:
”Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” - Acts 4:12
A classic verse in the Bible, which distinguishes law from gospel is:
”For the wages of sin is death; BUT the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” - Romans 6:23
”For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” - Ephesians 2:8-9
And so, with all the hope that is within my heart, I proclaim unto all who come here and are tired and weary and who want to be set free from the curse of the law. Freely I proclaim:
”I declare unto you the gospel...By which also ye are saved...how that Christ died for our sins ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES...” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4 excepted)
”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” - John 3:16-17
”There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus...” - Romans 8:1
”For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:10)
”Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” (Romans 5:9)
”...and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” (Romans 3:24-25a)
”In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)
”He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree.....By his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24)
”For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God....” (1 Peter 3:18)
”For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
”There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)
”Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)
”For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.” (Romans 3:23)
”In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation--having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14)
” For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Romans 8:38-39
”As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” - Psalm 103:12
The following is my life’s verse. It is because of this, that I am seldom frightened of what another person can do to me. Neither do I care what they say to me, or about me. Neither do I care if I am slandered, or if libel is written about me, as it has been on numerous occasions since that day in March, 1987, when God pulled me out of the darkness in which I was wallowing and stood me up on shaky feet in His light. God ALONE is my Saviour, He ALONE is my Rock, He ALONE is my Advocate, and it will be HE ALONE who will raise me up on the last day. This is why I can say together with Horatio Spafford:
”IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL!
”But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith...” Philippians 3:7-9 (❥ˆ◡ˆ)
”Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. HE WILL WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR EYES, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, ”Behold, I am making all things new.” - Revelation 21:3-5
Martin Luther, the great Protestant Reformer from Germany, said:
”I am not concerned with life but with doctrines. Evil life does no great harm except to itself. But evil teaching is the most pernicious thing on Earth, for it leads hosts of souls to hell. Whether you are good or bad does not concern me, but I will attack your poisonous and lying teaching which contradicts God’s Word.., and with God’s help I will oppose it vigorously.” - What Luther Says, An Anthology, 3 vols., ed., Ewald Plass, St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1959, I, p. 415.
John Calvin, the great French Reformer, and for whom the Systematic Theology known as Calvinism is named, said:
”A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.”
A FINAL WORD FROM ME:
Calvinism is a much hated theology. People hate it and those who hold to it because its teachings are Biblical, true, strong, and to the point. Calvinism rubs people up the wrong way in ALL ways. It ESPECIALLY rubs ”Christians” up the wrong way, especially if they hold to Arminian theology. Arminian theology is DEADLY. It is the grand-daddy of ALL false religion in the world....ALL FALSE RELIGION! I cannot stress this strongly enough. If you call yourself a ”Bible Believing Christian”, but hold to Arminianism, you have been sold a bill of goods and you will NEVER be able to rest in the peace of Christ that surpasses all understanding. You will constantly be trying your best to be a good person. The Lord Jesus Christ had something to say about that. He said, ”there is NONE good, but one and that is God.”
Because of all these facts, Calvinism is attacked left, right and centre. We are called Satanists and our God is called a ”twisted monster”, a ”demon” and even Satan himself.
I, myself, have been hounded out of churches, have had lies written about me in the annals of those churches, in blogs, books and every conceivable form of media known to man. From the day I got saved in 1987, I was called by God to the front-lines of the battle field. God in his mercy and grace has seen fit to deliver me from all of these trials. Sometimes His methods of doing so stun me to the core of my being. I am ACUTELY aware of the great and awesome love of my Father for his daughter. Because of this love, I am able to love others too, however, because I preach the gospel FREELY TO ALL PEOPLE, I seldom maintain friendships in this life. Some of the most painful separations for me have been from members of my own family, and from greatly loved friends. But, the Lord Jesus Christ spoke of this too. He said:
”Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.” - Matthew 10:34-36.
I have had many people try to refute what I hold dear, however, very few can. Most of the time, the best they can do is denounce me by hurling what is known as an ad hominem attack against my person. This is known as a Red Herring fallacy in the field of Logic, as denunciation is usually the final form of attack coming from a defeated enemy. An ad hominem attack means the attacker is attacking the arguer instead of the argument.
An EXCELLENT book on the subject of logic was written by Gordon H. Clark and is simply called, ”Logic”.
To all who come to my channel, I would like you to know that I am grateful to be able to share who I am, and what I believe, freely with you. I will answer all your questions the best way I know how, however, I do understand that you may disagree vehemently with much of what I have to say. Nonetheless, I would like to echo the words of scripture, with which I started out my treatise in this discussion area:
”Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.” - 2 Timothy 2:7
”The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” - Numbers 6:24-26
With much love to you all.